Serena Williams Fined For Verbally Abusing Umpire During U.S. Open Loss To Samantha Stosur

No. 9 seed Samantha Stosur beat Serena Williams in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, to claim her first Grand Slam title.

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Serena Williams Fined $2,000 For Verbally Abusing Umpire During 2011 U.S. Open

Serena Williams was fined $2,000 by the United States Tennis Association for her verbal tirade towards umpire Eva Asderaki during Sunday's 2011 U.S. Open finals match against Australian Samantha Stosur. Asderaki rewarded Stosur a point, invoking the hindrance rule after Williams yelled "come on!" during play after ripping a forehand winner in the first game of the second set of the match. The point gave Stosur the game which, as you can see below, Williams was unhappy about.

After the match, Williams said that she couldn't recall the rant, during which she called the Asderaki a "hater," "unattractive on the inside" and "a loser." While the point was contentious, the match as a whole was less so. Williams bowed out 2-6, 3-6 to the 9th-seeded Stosur, who broke Williams' serve twice in each set. Of course, this isn't the first time Williams has gotten in a tizzy over an umpire's call at the U.S. Open, and then conveniently failed to recall the event afterwards.


VIDEO: Serena Williams Has Selective Amnesia, Doesn't Remember Her Rant in U.S. Open Final

During Serena Williams' loss in the U.S. Open to Samantha Stosur Sunday, she and the chair umpire had a teensy, weensy disagreement. Serena yelled "Come on!" after a great shot before it reached Stosur, which prompted the umpire to award Stosur the point and, more importantly, the break in the first game of the second set.

Afterwards, microphones picked up Serena's tirade at the umpire, during which she called the Greek "a hater," "unattractive inside," and warning her to not cross paths with Serena in a hallway of all places.

Afterwards, Serena had to respond to reporters. Or did she?


Apparently, this stuff totally happened, but it was like, all emotional, and now she can't remember. She's just super excited to be there, guys.

Really, this is nothing new for Williams, as she's been known to rant and rave at an official on occasion. It's just a shame she couldn't own up to it.

For someone who's so beloved by the media, and derives so much of her popularity from glowing pieces written about her by the very people in that room, it's a shame she decided to treat them all like idiots. The only one who looks like an idiot in this ordeal is the one seated at that microphone.


VIDEO: Serena Williams Draws Code Violation From Chair Umpire In 2011 U.S. Open Finals

Serena Williams was already down a set to Australia's Samantha Stosur when the chair umpire for her 2011 U.S. Open finals match drew Williams' ire by questioning her yelling during a point. Watch it below.

That led to an outburst from Williams that included her calling the umpire a "hater" and "unattractive inside."

Most reasonable people would probably agree that Williams barking "Come on!" before a point was fully won was poor form, and that the umpire was well within her rights to both admonish Serena for it and give her a code violation that resulted in the loss of the point and the game.

It would be hard to find any people who would disagree with the idea that Williams continuing to berate the umpire during a changeover, while in keeping with Serena's passionate approach over the years, was anything other than a poor use of her anger. Williams didn't fare much better in her second set against Stosur than in the first: she bowed out rather meekly, 6-2, 6-3.


Samantha Stosur Beats Serena Williams For 2011 U.S. Open Women's Championship

Ninth-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur broke powerful Serena Williams' serve twice in each set, defeating heavily favored Serena Williams at the U.S. Open 6-2, 6-3. 

It's the first Grand Slam victory for Stosur, the No. 10 player in the world, who overcame a Serena Williams who was frustrated by her own play and the chair umpire.

While falling behind, Williams hit a ball to force Stosur on the move. While the ball was traveling, she yelled out "Come on!" While Stosur didn't reach the ball, the play was still happening so Serena was cited for a code violation, and Stosur was awarded the point.

She was, shall we say, unhappy about that decision. Some of the highlights of her rant, via @bruce_arthur:

"You're a hater, and you're just unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I NEVER complain."


"If you're ever walking down the hallway with me, you better walk the other way."


"I get a code violation for this? I express who I am. We're in AMERICA, last I checked."   

After the match she didn't shake the Greek umpire's hand, a huge insult in the tennis community, and we can expect more scrutiny about her behavior, especially considering how her last U.S. Open ended. Her family joined in on the classlessness, and the whole ordeal has overshadowed a phenomenal performance. J.A. Adande said it best:

Serena pretty much Kanyed this US Open final.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply


U.S. Open 2011 Schedule: Serena Williams Faces Samantha Stosur In Final

Serena Williams looks to win her fourth U.S. Open championship against upstart Samantha Stosur Sunday at 4 p.m. EDT.

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